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Looking for that perfect evergreen accent? Look no further than our Conical Blue Princess Holly. This blue-green pyramid of loveliness—part of our Charms collection—will bring structure to your beds and borders and rich color to your landscape all year-round. Shaped like a Christmas tree, it will look especially sweet when strung with lights for the holidays. Plant one singly as a stylish focal point, or plant a matching pair on either side of an arch, a garden bench, a gate, or your front door to create a balanced composition. Classic formal garden elegance!
- Hardiness Zone: 5-9
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The story of the Blue Princess Holly is a remarkable one. It began on Long Island, where an amateur gardener named Kathleen Meserve lived. Meserve had a special fondness for Hollies, but most of the Hollies available to gardeners in her day weren’t dependably cold-hardy. They were English Hollies, adapted to the mild climate of that country, not the icy winters of New York. Most gardeners would have simply given up on Hollies, but Meserve had another idea. She learned how to breed them and hybridized her own cold-hardy new varieties! She bred Blue Princess in the 1950s; it was introduced in 1973. Today it’s one of the most popular Hollies in the country.
Our Conical Blue Princess Holly is easy to maintain. Simply shear it once or twice a year to help it keep its symmetrical Christmas tree shape. Trim it frequently if a dense, full appearance is what you’re after; trim it less often to allow more of the glossy red berries to form.
How to Grow
Conical Blue Princess Holly is tougher than many other Hollies, but it does prefer a moderate climate. It performs best with protection from icy winter winds; at the other extreme, it struggles in the Deep South because of the intense heat there. Give it part shade or full sun, but avoid baking-hot southern and western exposures. Apply water regularly if no rain falls, making sure the soil doesn’t remain soggy. Blue Princess needs a male Holly nearby at flowering time in order to produce berries. Blue Prince, Blue Stallion, or China Boy will do the trick. Plant aboutone male for every five females.
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